“Dynamic and teetering on the verge of reality and fantasy... at the cross-roads of pop culture and critical acclaim.”– Andrew Kalish, The Lincoln Center
“An extraordinary director… riveting, shocking, touching… brilliant and provocative.” – Scott Goodson, Forbes
“A powerful dream vision – Opulent, beatific…unforgettable.” – B+W Magazine: The Masters
"Her creative lens, coupled with an impassioned perspective on gender realities... powerful and provocative." - Katherine Brooks, Huffington Post.
“Wielding her visionary work like a weapon, Indrani is using her art and resources for social justice and change.” – Zee Chang, Soma
"Rad feminist director" (Jezebel), photographer, and female empowerment and social justice advocate, Indrani is known by a single name, for creating cultural icons and moving millions to action across the film, TV, fashion, and music industries.
Born in Calcutta, India, and raised volunteering with Mother Teresa, as a successful teen model/actress Indrani studied photography and film with the world's top artists, while saving up to co-found Shakti Empowerment Education foundation for 300 women and children in India SEEschool.org. As a scholarship student at Princeton University, she was discovered by David Bowie who became a mentor, commissioning her first album cover for Heathen, and later her directorial debut for one of his last music videos, as a mass murderer for Valentine's Day. She was instrumental in launching Beyonce's superstar career, creating the image for her solo debut, Dangerously in Love. Indrani is known for her unique creative vision and collaborative approach, with artists such as Lady Gaga, Kate Winslet, Mary J. Blige and Kanye West.
Working to empower women, minorities and the LGBTQ community, Indrani is frequently invited to work with the United Nations and to speak at institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, and as Co-Host of the Global People's Summit during the General Assembly at the United Nations 2018.
AWARDS: Her films have won over 25 awards, including two Gold Lions at Cannes Festival of Creativity, Best Picture and Best Director at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, and Best Film at the CNN Expose Awards 2018.
EXHIBITIONS: The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, The Victor & Albert Museum UK, The Brooklyn Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Lincoln Center, Museum of the Fashion Institute, Rubin Museum of Art, The Australian Center for the Moving Image.
PUBLICATIONS: The New York Times, Huffington Post, LA Times, London Sunday Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, V, Vanity Fair and VICE.
COLLABORATIONS: Beyonce, Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Lady Gaga, Eva Mendes, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Jay-Z, Keanu Reeves, Bon Jovi, KAWS, Richard Phillips, Haruki Murakami and Neil Gaiman.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Harvard University, Princeton University, New York University, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Center Georges Pompidou and the United Nations. SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS LIST
FEATURED ON: CNN, HBO, Access Hollywood, Extra! Inside Edition, E! News, America’s Next Top Model, Larry King Live, VH1’s Short List, Fashion Television, The “It” Factor, CBS, USA Today, and Showbiz Tonight.
SOCIAL ACTIVISM: "Indrani is internationally recognized for her extensive work on social causes and her video and stills campaign, Digital Death, against AIDS in India and Africa raised over a $1M in under a week" (Huffington Post).
Indrani co-founded Shakti Empowerment Education SEEschool.org providing education and resources to over 300 women and children in West Bengal, India. Indrani directed top Bollywood stars including Priyanka Chopra, Frieda Pinto, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor for the female empowerment film Girl Rising India. With her extensive work with over 20 NGOs, she was appointed Special Advisor to the UNGMDF and UN World Forums, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, bringing the private and public sectors together to help advance the post-Global Millennium Development goals. Indrani was a fellow and speaker at Women's Entrepreneurship Day 2018 at the UN, and was the Co-Host of the Global People's Summit during the General Assembly at the United Nations 2018.
BRAVO (NBC) DOCU-SERIES DOUBLE EXPOSURE: Indrani co-produced and was the subject of a 6-part docu-series on US primetime network Bravo/ NBC. Syndicated to 200 countries, it featured the creative process of Indrani working with Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Dita Von Teese, Armie Hammer along with Klinko and GK Reid.
"Empowering young girls to become powerful agents of change," (Huffington Post).
EARLY LIFE: Born to a traditional Indian family, accompanying her British mother with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India, inspired Indrani's unique perspective. Eager to share her vision through photography and film, she became a model-actress at 14, working with leading artists around the world. At 18, she returned to India and used her earnings to co-found Shakti Empowerment Education SEEschool.org for women and children. At Princeton University, Indrani spearheaded student movements to study Sanskrit and create a South Asian Studies Program. She graduated magna cum laude (with High Honors) in Cultural Anthropology. Indrani and classical harpist Markus Klinko began their professional photography careers together as the photography duo Markus + Indrani.
"A fashion photography powerhouse" - Wonderland
"At the forefront of contemporary photography" - NOWNESS
CLIENTS: Pepsi, Nike, Barney’s New York, LVMH, Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, MAC, L’Oreal Paris, Shiseido, Pantene, Head & Shoulders Herbal Essences, Remy Martin, Sky Blue, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Wolford, Girard Perregaux, Anna Sui, Baume et Mercier, De Beers, Epson, Broncolor, Mattel, Hello Kitty, Jaguar. CLIENT LIST